Multi-stakeholder Coalition Brings Health Advocacy to Carmona With Flu Vaccination Outreach Program
September 11, 2023, Carmona City - With influenza ranking as one of the top causes of mortality for senior citizens, various government agencies, medical groups, and civil society organizations have joined forces in Carmona City for the Raising Awareness on Influenza to Support Elderlies (RAISE) coalition in celebration of Grandparent’s Day. The newly chartered city emphasized how vital vaccination is in their efforts to take care of their senior citizens, and that they were proudly joining RAISE in calling for the revision of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act to provide more free flu vaccinations for all senior citizens in the country.
The event kicked off by providing free flu vaccines and COVID-19 booster shots to four hundred thirty three senior citizens of Carmona City. Dr. Lulu Bravo, RAISE co-convenor and Philippine Foundation for Vaccination (PFV) Executive Director, highlighted the urgency of providing free flu vaccines to senior citizens. Dr. Bravo emphasized, “Yung trangkaso kagaya ng COVID, kapag tumama sa elderly ay mas mataas ang tyansa sa iba't ibang sakit, dahil sila ay nasa vulnerable age. Makatulong ang mga bakunang ito to save 24 million lives. Ganon po ang inaasahan natin sa mga senior citizens: malusog, nasa labas ng bahay.”